This is Day 5 of Twleve Days of Gifts Kids Can Make!
If you have kitties, then this is a super-awesome and simple sewing project. Better yet, you can use scrap fabric or felt, and use your own catnip or buy it for a $1 buck at the dollar store. It is simple enough that as long as your child can handle scissors and a needle and thread, they can make this sewing project all by themselves – or with a little help from an adult, even a 3-4 year old can sew it!
Catnip Mouse Materials
5″ inch square piece of felt or scrap fabric
(2) 1/2″ inch pom poms for ears, (1) 1/4″ inch pom pom for nose, (2) 1/8″ inch pom poms for eyes
6″ inches or so length of yarn for tail
Pillow stuffing or cotton balls
Small yarn needle
How to Make a Catnip Mouse
Print the free pattern for the stuffed mouse, and cut out one piece of fabric in the heart shape.
Fold the heart in half and use a whipstitch or blanket stitch to sew the mouse closed, leaving a 1 1/2″ inch opening at the bottom of the heart as shown:
Here’s a quick video to demonstrate the whipstitch:
Turn the mouse inside out and stuff it tightly with your catnip and stuffing or cotton balls. Be sure to get a lot of catnip in there (even more than you see in this picture)!
After you’re done stuffing the mouse toy, stitch the opening closed squishing the end into the shape a ‘Y’ to make a spot for the pom pom nose.
Before you tie off the thread, sew the nose into place.
With a small yarn needle, pull through one stitch with the yarn tail. Adults might need to help little children with this step because the yarn is a little thick to pull through the hole.
Use fabric glue to attach the ears and eyes – and your catnip mouse toy is all done!
Remember, this is Day 5 of Twleve Days of Gifts Kids Can Make! 5 down, 7 more to go!